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WFCC 09-17-2011 01:34 PM

Removing a portion of a load bearing wall
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I am working on my girlfriends kitchen... she wanting a remodel and being fairly handy, we can handle most things... but in the design process, we started thinking about removing part of a wall to open up the space enough to be able to put in an island.

We are actually going to turn the kitchen into the dining room and dining room into the kitchen because the kitchen is about 18 sq ft and the dining room is much larger. The kitchen is part of the original house, and the dining room (visible through the half wall in pic kitchen1) is part of an addition to the house. Which is why Im pretty certain about the poles being for support.

The wall that we are wanting to remove part of is a bit odd. (attached a pics to help visualize)
The pic Kitchen1 is looking at the "half wall" that we want to removed. Want to remove the entire half wall and 2 feet of the hole wall, to where it will meet the "back wall" of the current kitchen.

Pic kitchen2 shows the opposite side, with the "weirdness" which is what I suspect as support poles, that are decorated as railing support and supports on the side of the "half window".

It is 8 1/2 feet from the wall with the door in it (kitchen2 pic) to the beginning of the half wall. It is 4' from the wall to the railing pole, and 4 1/2 feet from the railing pole to the beginning of the halfwall.

The header at the ceiling is two 2x8s together. There are 2x6s here and there, but they all appear to be decorative, as do the beams on the ceiling on both sides.

We are wondering if its going to be a huge deal to remove that portion of the half wall and about 2 feet of the full wall, to get back to the "back" of the kitchen...

THe ceiling is plenty tall there, so adding to the 2x8s is very possible... but Im just wondering, as the lack of "heavy duty" in the poles, Im just wondering if its really all that big a deal. Im sure well have to have a contractor or someone come look at it for final decision/plan but if its a "no way" as it is, not worth paying someone to come look at it and say "dont do it"

Hopefully I made sense... and the pictures help.

Thanks in advance!

havalife 09-17-2011 03:16 PM

You are pretty safe taking out the half wall the posts are most likely decorative not structual. You will probably have an issue taking out more of the full wall don't take my word I am looking at a picture but you will probably have a load bearing post on the wall you want to take out. You had better look at everything closer how much weight do you have on the roof it looks like you have 2-2x12s holding the roof and no attic.

WFCC 09-17-2011 03:21 PM

I sort of wondered... but wasnt sure... the poles seem to be pretty solid, which I interpreted as to having a load on them.

Im hoping that moving the load bearing post that is likely within the wall wont mind being moved over about 2 feet...

At least it doesnt sound like Im crazy thinking its possible. May have to see who I might be able to find local that could look at it and verify. Hopefully it doesnt cost too much, but Im sure what ever it is, it would be cheaper than having major structural issues and having to do a huge repair later. :D


Joe Carola 09-17-2011 06:17 PM


Originally Posted by WFCC (Post 730174)

Im hoping that moving the load bearing post that is likely within the wall wont mind being moved over about 2 feet...At least it doesnt sound like Im crazy thinking its possible.

Anything is possible but to move a support post over 2' can cause big problems. The span of that beam might be maxed out already, moving it 6" or 1' could cause a problem. You have to have a professional look at what you want.

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